«Sea salt is a product that is heavily included in our everyday’s life but we hardly know where it comes from and how it’s been produced: Seawater is fed into evaporation ponds. Energy from the sun and wind concentrates the water to help encourage salt growth», indicates German photographer Tom Hegen.
In his new series, the artist offers us to discover the aesthetics of water basins imbued of hypnotic shades of blue. «The colour of the water comes from micro bacteria, which changes their hues when the salt concentration rises. Once ponds are completely dried out, a layer of salt of around 25 cm in the pond is ready to harvest. After harvesting, the salt gets washed and ready for transportation», he adds.
Tom Hegen spent about two weeks in Western Australia exploring different geological zones, coasts and mining sites. During his trip, he took the opportunity to immortalize some Australian salt marshes from an aerial perspective. The latter snapped the landscape from a small plane. Watch the video about this project.